Thursday, November 7, 2013 7:23:36 AM
I would go so far as to say that it is the civic duty of the public to videotape all police interactions and to make the video available to the police force, all effected parties (victim and alleged suspect, etc.) and the concerned public. This helps to ensure the integrity and good conduct of law enforcement and may be used by all parties to verify their truthful statements in court.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 7:20:15 AM
With the exception of weapons, the police fear video the most. Misconduct and deliberate misinterpretation/ recollection of a suspect's statement or actions is the basic mechanism by which they carry out their jobs. If they conducted themselves properly, their jobs would be much harder, and in some cases, impossible. Therefore, recording by the suspect or even passers-by constitutes a direct threat to their conviction rate, their job security and even their liberty. This is what they really mean by interfering with police duties.
You may consider the above observation cynical, but it is the truth.